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RFID Chips in Public School Student ID Cards

Written by Gary North on May 29, 2012

The Northside Independent School District in San Antonio is launching a new program to track students. The student ID cards will habe RFID chips in them.

“It’s for the children!” Thar’s the way to sell the reduction of privacy to the public.

This is a test. It is is accepted, it will be applied to 100,000 students.

In an era of school budget cutting, why this? Why now?

The district plans to spend $525,065 to implement the pilot program and $136,005 per year to run it, but it will more than pay for itself, predicted Steve Bassett, Northside’s assistant superintendent for budget and finance. If successful, Northside would get $1.7 million next year from both higher attendance and Medicaid reimbursements for busing special education students, he said.

These Radio Frequency Identification System (RFID) tags will be used to locate students. It will also allow schools to count them. This lets the district bill the state for funding.

Will truant officers get access? What do you think? But the word “truancy” was not in the district’s press release.

The school board unanimously approved the program late Tuesday but, in a rarity for Northside trustees, they hotly debated it first, with some questioning it on privacy grounds.

State officials and national school safety experts said the technology was introduced in the past decade but has not been widely adopted. Northside’s deputy superintendent of administration, Brian Woods, who will take over as superintendent in July, defended the use of RFID chips at Tuesday’s meeting, comparing it to security cameras. He stressed that the program is only a pilot and not permanent.

It is just a test, you say. It’s not permanent. Not yet.

Initially, the readers will be limited to school property. That will calm (and delay) civil rights lawyers.

The cards cost $15. Students must pay if they lose theirs.

This is cheap technology. It will get cheaper.

Not all parents like the idea.

The American Civil Liberties Union fought the use of the technology in 2005 at a rural elementary school in California and helped get the program canceled, said Kirsten Bokenkamp, an ACLU spokeswoman in Texas. She said concerns about the tags include privacy and the risks of identity theft or kidnapping if somebody hacks into the system.

The decision to used these ID cards lies with local districts, state officials say.

For now.


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15 thoughts on “RFID Chips in Public School Student ID Cards

  1. How about planting a chip in the heads of liberal politicians to alert us when they are cheating on their wives with prostitutes, using drugs, taking bribes, offering bribes, or employing illegal aliens, and to tell us when they are meeting with foreign and domestic terrorists like the Black Panthers, the Ku Klux Klan, the Chinese government, or any noncitizen Middle Easterner?

    The politicians have it exactly backwards. PUBLIC OFFICIALS are the ones who forfeit their right to privacy. The general public does not. Any one running for public office should have a chip implanted under his skin that contains PDF's of his original birth certificate, financial records, known aliases and extra social security numbers, and his medical records. Readers should be set up at every campaign venue to display this information on a screen above the candidate or incumbent's head, so that if the politicians actually shows up to campaign, he automatically makes himself "transparent." Those who want their records sealed should remain private citizens.

  2. No, no, no! As a parent I would not allow this to happen. If it did happen I would kill the chip in the microwave or whatever it took.
    Take a stand people, next they will want to inject them in your kids. This is too 'mark of the beast' for me.

  3. sean murry says:

    A lot of bullcrap.

  4. senior viking says:

    The answer is simple – no.

    Parents, do not comply.

    It's just that simple.

    Let's see a mass exodus from public to private/home schools.
    Why be forced to pay for a defective product?

  5. Mike Knight says:

    I had no idea so many kids were disappearing in school. Why else would they need to electronically track them? I guess they're just wandering the halls between classes or leaving the school. The classes must be nearly empty with such an epidemic. I wonder why the kids couldn't just ditch the 1984 Orwell tracker cards before they take a hike from the Federal propaganda prison.

  6. Just poke a hole with a pin, several times. Thank goodness I home school or I would light the school up. It would not be allowed anywhere near my child/ children. And child coming over would be asked to leave it at home. This is grounds for parental war.

  7. why do we never hear that they will put them in thier own kids and stop forceing us to put them in or around our kids it more big brother bullshit when it actually the first step in getting the mark of the beast and the new world order as the bible states it would and people want to disprove the bible and these thing wer writen thousands of years ago so how is disproveing the bible been for those who dont belive or those who try and point out its wrong hows it going for you ? i bet you wished you were right but have been proven wrong over and over again. well good luck ill leave my faith in jesus and may you do the same before its to late i also would like to know what will happen to those who refuse ?

  8. are they going to kick kids out of school or make the parents pay fines and what not im sure glad my children are just about done with school so i dont have to put up with this bullshit i just feel very sorry for those of you who have children just startin in school its up to you's to not allow this to happen cause if not it wont be long till they say everyone has to have them they just might as well put me to death cause im sure not getting chipped or any other type of controlling chip in or around me if i say thier not. but they would more than likely will with no hesition to kill me or lock me up like some kind of animal. it 1 reason i dont have the new pass port cause they also have these chips in them and in the new id card and drivers liecene they are trying to come out with if not allready being done

  9. Max Penn says:

    If the dems get their way they will put a chip in all of us.

  10. Melissa says:

    The answer is don’t send your kids to pubic schools! Stuff like this just reaffirms my decision to homeschool.

  11. The kids will get around it. Just have some one take a stack of cards to school and stay at home or party. They will then "officially" be in attendance at school.

  12. The next is a very plausible reason for tatooing a number on our foreheads. And the sheeple will do it willingly. The Democrats will be the first ones in line too.

  13. Just tell the kids to leave the card in their lockers before they go home. The tracking abililties will only apply to while they are in school, AND after school, the card will be tracked to the student's locker. There is no law right now stating that card must be carried on the body 24/7. The microwave idea also sounds good to me,

  14. jim28threg. says:

    Aluminized paper blocks the accesability of my cell phone so I would imagine it would also block the GPS. So then wouldn"t it also block the students cards as well?
    Somebody find out if that will also block those credit card thieves with those thingys that read your card while in your pocket please. I use foil in my wallet as I can't spend the money for one of those blocker packets.

  15. JOE TEE says:


    Revelation 13:16-18 King James Version (KJV)

    16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
    17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
    18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.